ATV use is increasingly popular, which is why it is important to be familiar with safety concerns and protections for riders. Approximately 850 to 1,000 all terrain vehicles or ATVs) have been recalled because of a fire hazard. The ATVs were recently recalled because the side panel heat shield can melt, creates a fire and burn hazard for riders of these recalled ATVs. Additionally, the exhaust springs can stretch and damage the exhaust seal, resulting in exhaust leaks, which can also create fire and burn hazards for riders. The ATV recall includes 2015 and 2016 models, all of them coming in a variety of colors.
The manufacturer has received 793 reports of incidents related to the defect, which included reports of warped, melted or burned side panels. The incidents have led to 47 fires and 4 burn injuries being reported. Consumers with recalled ATVs are encouraged to immediately discontinue use of the ATVs and contact the manufacturer for a free repair. Product safety is a serious issue that the legal process does not take lightly. As a result, victims harmed by defective or dangerous products enjoy a variety of protections.
Victims who have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product enjoy personal injury legal protections that can also include wrongful death legal options if the harm suffered resulted in death. The legal process could hold manufacturers, assemblers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers liable for defective and dangerous products. Depending on the circumstances, victims can pursue a claim against applicable parties for the recovery of damages.
Physical, financial and emotional damages may be available to victims of a dangerous or defective products. It is important for victims and their families to be familiar with these resources and how to reach out to protect themselves if they have been harmed.
Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Polaris Recalls Sportsman 850 and 1000 All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Burn and Fire Hazards," Accessed April 4, 2017